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 #42002  by astroman99
 Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:12 am
Hey guys , I need some opinions on like I said a 1968 fender showman blackface head, any u guys have experience with one?


 #42048  by High Peaks
 Thu Apr 17, 2008 5:35 pm
The dual Showman 68 w/ reverb is one of the best amps ever made as far as numbers go. Very consistent. I don't think i've really heard a bad one. Is this the reverb model, or the short head with the ab763 circuit? If its 68 it might not be a blackface. I think they stopped that model in 67'. I might be wrong though. The silverface was started in 68 though. If it is 68' then it has to be a silverface or a dual showman reverb i would think.

 #42052  by strumminsix
 Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:44 pm
A dual showman reverb is one of the best heads fender made, imo!

 #42059  by astroman99
 Fri Apr 18, 2008 4:31 am
Thanks, you guys, now if i could just find where I saw it for sale!

 #42092  by tigerstrat
 Fri Apr 18, 2008 4:27 pm
It can't be a Reverb-Amp if its Blackface, and it almost has to be pre-'68, unless maybe someone at Fender found a batch of BF front panels that had not been used up.

Great amp, either way... a world better than any "reissue" PCB-construct.

 #42153  by jenkins
 Sun Apr 20, 2008 9:46 am
What do u guys think of the bandmaster head?

I can buy a '67 bandmaster blackface for $650.
Does any of you know the difference beween the circuit on this head and the showman head which is based on the twin cirsuit?

 #42180  by strumminsix
 Sun Apr 20, 2008 9:57 pm
I own a dual showman reverb & bandmaster reverb.

in short:

DSR = twin like, big clean, nice and tight
BMR = rock and roll! more of an edge, with a bit of grit